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On the Scene: New York’s Burrows

Seventies-era disco darling Stephen Burrows is giving it another shot.

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WWD Collections issue 03/21/2011

Seventies-era disco darling Stephen Burrows is giving it another shot. In an effort to reignite his ready-to-wear business, the designer brought a dose of old Seventh Avenue glamour to his New York fashion show. He showed in an empty space on West 38th Street and enlisted the help of legendary model-agent Bethann Hardison, who cast the show and gave the girls, including Anna Cleveland (daughter of Seventies icon Pat Cleveland), some pointers. Pat Cleveland was seated front and center in the crowd that included André Leon Talley, Tyson Beckford and model Alva Chinn, who with Cleveland modeled in the famous 1973 Versailles megashow, in which Burrows participated.

 

Burrows shut his original business in 1976, which peaked at $1.5 million. He relaunched with Henri Bendel in 2001. Since then, he’s been quietly doing business and producing his line in Shanghai. For his new fall line, dubbed Stephen Burrows Made in New York, sampling and production is back in New York City. The company expectings 15 to 25 new doors this season.